Mike wrote:Is that distro freely redistributable?
Can't see why not..
At the time it was produced, it was freely downloadable. Lindows even posted it out to users.
In the present circumstances, such older distros, should still be freely re~distributable; most particularly where the person who has a developers copy and uses it for non commercial purposes.
I have not read the detailed agreement between Lindows and MS, but I am pretty sure, that Lindows was never asked by MS to recall all the Lindows CD's it had sent out across the world. Nor was it asked to trace all the downloaded copies. All it was asked to do, was to re~badge the product.
Under the circumstances, I am not asking the former Lindows company to burn a copy, nor is any money going to exchange hands, (other than to cover postage and the cost of the Cd disk itself), then it should not be a problem.
Finally, I stress, I have no intention of redistributing this distro for monetary gain, nor am I even intending going on the net while running it.
It is as I said, more than anything, a way of keeping my old machine running.
Come to think of it, this whole matter now raises a hairy problem; that of past distros, that are being distrubuted or have been distributed, that are no longer covered by new legal agreements.
EG. Other than Lindows, is it illegal to use SUSE 9, now that Novell has signed and agreement with MS...etc...?
Maybe this should be covered in a magazine topic...????